I remember watching the first Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode in 1990 (Original Air Date was October 25, 1990). It was a couple of days before my birthday and I was hooked on watching the Simpsons at that time and anything tying in Halloween I would be sure to make a point not to miss.
I was amazed by the scary opening titles and that scary names that was associated in making this episode like “Bat Groening”.
The treehouse of horror episode is diving into three different stories and the storytellers of each story is told by Bart and Lisa in there treehouse and Maggie being the visible audience listening to the story and Homer being the invisible listening from the outside of the treehouse.
The story is called “Bad Dream House.” Where the Simpsons move into this really cool old mansion which was practically bought for a bargain price! However they start to realize that the kitchen holds a portal to a evil, weird ,and scary dimension. Marge is not fully convince that she wants to live with a portal while she is making breakfast in the morning. She is persuaded by Homer to test the house out by staying the night. However it is not a restful night as the rest of the family become possess by evil spirits from the portal. The Simpsons is a comedy so this stories has a funny twist at the end but you would have to watch it to see what happens.
The next story is called “Hungry are the Damned”. This is the first time we are introduced to Kang and Kudos (which are two characters they are frequently on the treehouse of horror episodes). While the Simpsons are having a barbecue they get abducted by Kang and Kudos. They assure the Simpsons that they only want to take them to their home planet (Rigel IV) however Lisa is very weary of their intentions because she finds a cookbook called:
Throughout the whole trip Lisa and the rest of the Simpsons debates with the two aliens on whether they are actually going to their home planet or they are going to be the aliens dinner.
The last story (and one of my most favorite stories from the Treehouse of Horror episodes) is called “The Raven.”
Lisa decides (and very rightfully so in my opinion) that no Halloween is complete without the works of Edgar Allan Poe. She reads one of his famous works and then her voice turns into James Earl Jones while she is reading it! Bart plays the raven and Homer is the love torn man over his lost love Lenore.
Fun Fact: The Treehouse of horror episode was inspired by horror comics (such as EC Comics) and that is why there is always a disclaimer they this show may be too scary to watch!
Until next time!
MY SIMPSONS BLOG!!!
As long as I could remember The Simpsons was one of those staple shows I would watch as a child. Even though the content was never really geared towards kids; if it was in cartoon form I was totally into it.
I even formed interesting friendships in middle school over the Simpsons. During the summer of eight grade my friends and I were really into three way calling and prank call people.
That summer my days away from school would consist of this: I would call my good friend at the time in the morning and we would pick up our middle school phone directory and prank call everyone in it. We would spent countless hours everyday on the phone either talking to each other or prank calling others with our three way calling. However we kinda made a boo-boo with one person we called. We usually block our number when we would call people to prevent people from knowing who call them or to call one of us back but we forgot to block our number with this person. So the person called us back…. and needless to say they REALLY annoyed by our prank call.
However after we explained our summer boredom to that person and that is why we were doing the prank calls the person was really understandable and started to call us too. He also had an older brother which also joined our conversations and he really liked the Simpsons. So we would have mini phone dates when the Simpsons came on. We would also make sure that we would be on the phone at six pm (that was when the Simpsons reruns would show) and watch the show together. We would not say much during the show but once the commercials came on we would all discuss what happen or ask questions and as soon as the commercial break would end it would go back to silence and repeat for the rest of the hour.
Needless to say I have a deep admiration for this show and have been an avid viewer for the past eighteen years. I tend to prefer the older episodes or the classics shows more then the newer episodes. I feel like the are reusing the old ideas and formulas from the classics episodes and revamping them into the newer seasons.
I have so many favorite characters from the show that it is hard to keep a list in my head. I tend to like the lesser known or not as popular characters. I really like Bart Simpson because I feel like out of all of the central characters he is the one that has the most cult following. Bootleg Bart is very popular and a huge part of pop culture history. A lot of artists in the 90’s used Bart as a character to express injustice or to poke fun as the world events that surrounded the masses at the time. Does anyone remember Bartmania or Bartman?
They even make the DVD packing to their seasons fun and stand out from the crowds of other TV shows DVD’s.
I also like to incorporate my interests in my wears so if I see any Simpsons related merch that has a fashionable flair to it I am all over it!
I think my most favorite Simpsons item that I own is this keychain I got from Universal Studios. I find it totally relate-able because when I was little and used to go to theme parks that one thing I always wanted to get was something with my name on it. And the stores at the park never did….
Until Next time!